Witness statement of Mary Josephine Mulcahy, named here as Mrs. Richard Mulcahy (WS399).
Mary Josephine Mulcahy, formerly Mary 'Min' Ryan, was the secretary of Cumann na mBan from 1915-1916, and acted as a courier between Dublin and Wexford during Easter Week 1916.
She was the sweetheart of Seán MacDiarmada, leader and signatory of the Proclamation, and later the wife of politician Richard Mulcahy. In her statement she discusses national events 1913-1916, and events at the G.P.O. during the Rising.
"I asked him [Tom Clarke]: 'Why a republic?' He replied: 'You must have something striking in order to appeal to the imagination of the world.'
...He said that our only chance was to make ourselves felt by an armed rebellion. 'Of course' he added, 'we shall be all wiped out'. He said this almost with gaiety."